Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities

Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities

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qWendy Doniger O'Flaherty . . . weaves a brilliant analysis of the complex role of dreams and dreaming in Indian religion, philosophy, literature, and art. . . . In her creative hands, enchanting Indian myths and stories illuminate and are illuminated by authors as different as Aeschylus, Plato, Freud, Jung, Kurl GApdel, Thomas Kuhn, Borges, Picasso, Sir Ernst Gombrich, and many others. This richly suggestive book challenges many of our fundamental assumptions about ourselves and our world.qa€”Mark C. Taylor, New York Times Book Review qDazzling analysis. . . . The book is firm and convincing once you appreciate its central point, which is that in traditional Hindu thought the dream isn't an accident or byway of experience, but rather the locus of epistemology. In its willful confusion of categories, its teasing readiness to blur the line between the imagined and the real, the dream actually embodies the whole problem of knowledge. . . . [O'Flaherty] wants to make your mental flesh creep, and she succeeds.qa€”Mark Caldwell, Village VoiceHe saw a great wonder: He saw himself reborn as a Pulkasa [a different kind of Untouchable], out of the womb of a Pulkasa woman. He grew up, and when he was seven years old he went to work in the cremation ground. One day some Brahmins brought a dead Brahmin there, and when the boy asked them for the payment due him they refused, saying, aquot;Go on and do your evil job. Once upon a time, anbsp;...

Title:Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities
Author:Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2015-05-14


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